So say Forbes and the New York Times. Get a Pass on Poor Drafts? In Pictures: Best And Worst NFL Draft Teams - Worst: New England Patriots - Forbes.com Of course, like any evaluation, judgment is involved -- so take this with a pinch of salt. What is noteworthy are the following quotes: "Stuart said via e-mail Thursday: ‚ÄúThe Patriots have struggled to reload their roster through the draft, formerly a Patriots staple. With the exception of LB Jerod Mayo and FS Brandon Meriweather, none of their draft picks over the past four years have made instant impacts.‚ÄĚ New England has been so good, a Patriots fan might counter, that it‚Äôs hard for a draftee to crack the roster. But Stuart said: ‚ÄúIf you don‚Äôt have much room for rookies on your roster, the only play you have is to trade UP in the draft, to stockpile a bunch of picks for some high ones. Otherwise, you end up cutting a ton of players that you drafted in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th rounds for nothing. Of course, that‚Äôs exactly what‚Äôs ended up happening with the Pats.‚ÄĚ " So going for quality (by trading up and picking a high impact player) may well have been a better strategy than volume of so-so players who couldn't make the cut. What do you think?